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March 6th, 2004

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12:13 pm
Grrrr. I hadn't read before that Bush's administration is trying to force Planned Parenthood to turn over medical records of its abortion patients, but I can't say it surprises me. Disappoints, yes; surprises, no.

I am pleased, however, to see the name of Edward J. Markey, my Representative in the House, as one of the voices arguing against this attempted violation of physician-patient privacy.

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Date:March 6th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC)
You have to be a member to read that link. I'm horrified by this idea though, without knowing what the article actually says. Why would they want this information??
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Date:March 6th, 2004 11:03 am (UTC)
(from that NYT article)

"The Justice Department says it needs the records to defend a new law that prohibits what opponents call partial-birth abortions....[It] says the federal rules allow the disclosure of medical records in judicial proceedings, with safeguards to protect patients' names. But doctors and hospitals say state laws often prohibit such disclosures, even with deleted names."

Sorry about the members-only link. Other stories that touch on the subject (though none as fully as the NYT piece: San Diego Union-Tribune, Ann Arbor News and especially Seattle P-I.
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Date:March 7th, 2004 12:41 am (UTC)
Membership is free, and as far as I can tell, they don't spam you.

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